Dispelling Myths About Ticks
Folk tales abound about these critters. Here’s what the author learned during Kansas State’s Tick Camp, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Practical Advice About Heartworm Preventive Lapses
The Heartworm Hotline column, presented by the American Heartworm Society, communicates practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlights current topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine.
Tick-borne Rickettsial Infections of Dogs
Rickettsial organisms are small, obligate intracellular bacteria in the order Rickettsiales. Two families—Anaplasmataceae and Rickettsiaceae—contain species that infect dogs. These pathogens are transmitted by a variety of tick vectors, maintained in wildlife and domestic reservoirs, and can cause clinical disease in humans, dogs, and other domestic animals. This article discusses the basic epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of canine ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).
Beyond Borders: The Truth About Ticks
Michael W. Dryden, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVM (parasitology) Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Kansas State University Dealing with Tick Control When dealing with most 3-host ticks, the problem is that the majority of the reproducing ticks are not on the dogs or cats, but on their natural wildlife hosts. While often the same products that are …
Practical Parasitology: Heartworm Infection in Ferrets
Leonie Kondert, DVM Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia Because of their friendly and playful character, ferrets are commonly kept as pets in the United States. Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) belong to the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes weasels, the European mink, the American mink, ferrets, and South American weasels. Ferrets …
AHS Heartworm Hotline: Wolbachia and Heartworm—Why Doxycycline Is Needed in Heartworm Treatment
Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current …
AHS Heartworm Hotline: Beyond the Map—The State of Heartworm Incidence in the United States
Chris Rehm, DVM, President, American Heartworm Society Doug Carithers, DVM, American Heartworm Society Board Member and Symposium Co-Chair The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm …
Practical Parasitology: The Flea-Infested Pet—How to Manage the Pet and Its Environment
This follow-up article addresses key factors to consider in designing a flea control treatment program. Individualization is the key: Although the products available today…
Turning Up the Heat on Heartworm Diagnosis
Antigen testing for Dirofilaria immitis has been a foundational component of model preventive veterinary care for many years, particularly for dogs.